Martinu - Sinfonietta La Jolla, Toccata e due Canzoni, etc | Supraphon SU39582

Martinu - Sinfonietta La Jolla, Toccata e due Canzoni, etc

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU39582

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st December 2008

Contents

Artists

Josef Hala (piano)
Petr Jirikovsky (piano)
Prague Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Ondrej Kukal

Works

Martinu, Bohuslav

Concerto Grosso for chamber orchestra, H263
Sinfonietta La Jolla for piano and chamber orchestra, H328
Toccata and due canzoni, H311

Artists

Josef Hala (piano)
Petr Jirikovsky (piano)
Prague Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Ondrej Kukal

About

The “American” Martinů, brilliantly interpreted by the Prague Chamber Orchestra.

The compositions by Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) presented on this CD originated between 1937 and 1950. Although Concerto grosso was written in Paris (1937), all of them were premiered in the United States, where the composer fled to escape the war.

The extraordinary success of the Boston premiere of Concerto grosso opened the doors for the author and brought him further commissions and offers. Here Martinů was inspired by Baroque musical forms and techniques, while Sinfonietta La Jolla can be considered his farewell to Neo-Classicism.

The common denominator of the three pieces is the use of piano (two in the case of Concerto grosso) in the role of an orchestral rather than concertante instrument.

The repertoire of the Prague Chamber Orchestra ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. Its vast experience with music of earlier periods makes it an ideal interpreter of this Martinů selection.

The presence of two virtuoso pianists (Hála was a long-time co-player of Josef Suk, Jiříkovský has made recordings with Pavel Šporcl), as well as the seasoned conductor and composer Ondřej Kukal, adds to the splendour of this recording.

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